April 16, 2012


We have a lot of work yet to do in America. And we can’t pay for it so long as we keep the Bush-era policy of absurdly low taxes for the 1%. As Warren Buffett, one of America’s richest men, points out, it is simply ridiculous that multi-millionaires are paying lower tax rates than their secretaries.

On Monday, the Senate will take a vote on the Buffett Rule, a bill to make millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share.

Right-wing zealots — who are opposed to raising taxes on anyone at anytime forever — want the Senate to filibuster it. The lobbyists of the 1% are packing the halls of Congress. So we need to be heard, now.

Will you message your Senators right now and tell them to vote for the Buffett Rule?

We saw the need for the Buffett Rule when Mitt Romney revealed his taxes. Worth over $250 million, Romney paid a tax rate of 13.9% on an income of millions. The police who protect him pay a higher rate than that.

Our country isn't broke, but we can’t afford a tax code riddled with loopholes that allow the wealthiest Americans to dodge paying their fair share. The Buffett Rule is only the first step, but it at least puts a limit to the tax dodging.

Yet Senate conservatives are committed to filibustering this common sense step, and no doubt will be handsomely rewarded by ultra-rich donors.

We cannot let the Senate continue to be hijacked by this sliver of the 1%. Senators will hear from their lobbyists. Let’s make certain that they hear from the 99% as well.